On Motherhood: Judgement

“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” -Linda Wooten I was afraid.  When I brought my daughter home from the birth center, I was terrified.  Not overtly.  Not openly.  Not wide-eyed and pale skinned.  But beneath all the joy, excitement, fatigue and…

On Motherhood: Fourth

The fourth trimester.  The first 12 weeks with baby.  I always assumed pregnancy and labor were the hardest parts of becoming a mother.  Turns out, no.  The breastfeeding, the hormones, the sleep deprivation, the anxiety; the sheer physicality of those first 3 months with a newborn is more intense than 9 months of pregnancy.  I…